Day of the Woman (1978)

Day of the Woman (1978, USA) C-101m. ** D: Meir Zarchi. Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthoy Nichols, Günther Kleemann. Beautiful writer Keaton withdraws to a house by a lake to write her first novel, but is harassed by local thugs - who think she just turned up for their pleasure. After a violent rape attack, which leaves her almost dead, she proceeds to take her revenge, in ultra-violent fashion. Despite its premise this is NOT a feminist revenge picture, this is just as mysogynist as any other exploitation film of that time. Very hard to watch at times, with echoes of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and DELIVERANCE (two movies that couldn't be more dissimilar), this horror thriller is overly simple and unnecessarily drawn out. The outrageousness of the material sort of keeps you watching. Don't view if in doubt, banned in many countries. A minor cult favorite, especially because of its alternative title I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Aka I HATE YOUR GUTS, THE RAPE AND REVENGE OF JENNIFER HILL.


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